“So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Luke 2:48-49
I pray that you thrive this week by faith in God’s grace.
I woke up this morning to daylight, it was 7:10am, and I jumped out of bed. My alarm wakes me up at 6am every weekday, to start my day. Today, the bell didn’t ring, I had tampered with it the day before. So, I jumped out of bed, checked my daughter’s school day preparations with her nanny, and went to take a bath. I was walking with time because for me, work starts at 8am. However, as I prepared myself, a nagging thought kept tugging at me. What was God’s place in my day?
I know that God is with me throughout the day, but I have benefitted from my quiet times in His presence early in the morning. I get up from there energized and ready. My inner turmoil is calmed, and I can lay down problems and wait for His response. This morning, I missed that place. It got me thinking about my priorities, and who I was preparing to work for, God or myself?
So, I started asking God how I can hear and walk in His will in every situation? Our lives are about the Father’s business. If we can’t listen to Him, we can’t do His will, and If we can’t do His will, we are working for ourselves.
Coincidentally, my bible plan for the day was listing scripture verses that are in line with my question. These are some of the answers I got:
- The presence of God has to be our dwelling place, our place of rest throughout the day. Until we can find rest there, how can we have peace that will enable us to do His will? If our minds are wrapped up with the problems of life, how can we see the light? (Ps 84: 1-4). The place of rest is the place of no distractions, where we can always hear from God.
- Our strength has to be drawn solely from Him so that our minds can be set on doing His will regardless of what it takes (Ps 85:5-7). Only then can we bear fruit as we live out His will. Most people are doing the work I do without help from God, but the essence of mine is to glorify Him and live His will. Knowing that it is paramount that I surrender to Him and draw all I need from, trusting that His strength alone will see me through.
- Who is God to us? The psalmist in Ps 84:10-12, had a clear understanding of who and what God was to him. There was no confusion there. God was his sun and shield, He was all he required. He understood the blessedness of living in God’s presence, in trust that the Father had only good intentions for His own.
From an early age, Jesus understood His priorities in life, and He lived only to do God’s will. In John 5, He said he judged as God instructed, and in John 8, He spoke as God gave Him utterance. As we start this new week, may we walk in understanding of our priorities in life, draw strength, and find rest in who our Father is.
Till next time, be transformed!!